The Heart of Leadership: Seeing Ourselves and Seeing Others

By Andy Johnson, hr.com, December 2017

Human beings are masters at seeing what they want to see. In every situation, we consistently extract information that confirms our existing opinions about ourselves and the world around us. We view the world in a way that is highly selective and inherently biased. Ideas that fit the script are noticed; those that don’t are ignored. In this way, we continue to reinforce our existing beliefs, making real change often merely wishful talk.

In fact, we expend tremendous energy not seeing with accuracy. We believe, feel, and act on what we think we see. This principle of blindness occurs both intra personally and interpersonally, both within ourselves and in our relationships with others. Read more.